Oregon’s Standards of Practice for Sexual Violence Prevention
Sexual violence is preventable, and everyone has a role and a responsibility in preventing it. Sexual violence prevention happens when we address the root causes of violence and promote healthy and equitable beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Many social norms dominant in the United States are based on discrimination and the dynamics of privilege and oppression. These create the conditions that allow for and reinforce sexual and other violence. Changing these norms is not the task of any single group, but rather it is tasked to all populations, all institutions, and all individuals. Every individual and all entities have been impacted by these norms and have the choice to examine how we have absorbed and personalized these norms, and then choose how to proceed.
To enact change, individuals and entities need to believe that change is possible and think about what norms, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to change, as well as what to replace them with. These standards of practice are the essential components of prevention programming necessary for profound changes to prevent sexual violence. These reflect the AGSATF’s Prevention and Education Committee’s analysis and experiences of effective primary prevention. It is important to think about the breadth and depth of how to implement these standards of practice in planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining primary prevention efforts. Although the standards are presented in a list, they are all core elements that need to be enacted and implemented simultaneously, throughout prevention efforts. For this reason we designate them standards of practice.